Line of the Night:Dorell Wright (2.66) scored 28 points against the Sixers, hitting 5-7 from three and 8-11 overall. He added 6 boards and a couple steals while playing 43 minutes in the win. Wright has not connected on more than 50% of his shots for three straight games, which is a good sign for a guy shooting 40% from the floor so far this year.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Paul (2.62) benefited from playing the up tempo Minnesota Timberwolves a lot more than the rest of his team did. Paul scored 22 points, with 13 assists and 5 steals. The Hornets still lost 113-98; Michael Beasley (1.64) scored 30 points in that game, adding 9 rebounds and 7 assists; Eric Gordon (2.06) dropped 31 points on the Kings, hitting 6-7 threes and shooting 12-19 from the floor.
These ain’t your grandfather’s Charlotte Bobcats: Ok, they might be if he’s a NBA fan in North Carolina, but the larger point is that Paul Silas has pledged to turn the Bobcats into an up tempo basketball team; and is making them practice with a 14 second shot clock. The results look promising (for fantasy) after their first game, a 105-100 loss to Detroit. It was the first time both Charlotte and their opponent scored 100+ points in a month. D.J. Augustin (1.65) scored 27 points in the game, shooting 10-15 from the field and hitting 4 threes, while Stephen Jackson (0.62) scored 23 points with 9 rebounds (and 9 turnovers… the ugly side of pushing the tempo). For the Pistons, Charlie Villanueva (1.91) scored 25 points and was a perfect 5-5 from three.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: It’s been a quiet year for Tony Allen (1.70) in Memphis. But he got some extra run against Toronto with Xavier Henry sitting because of knee issues. Sam Young started but played less than six minutes and OJ Mayo was told to sit quietly in the corner to think about what he had done. So it was Allen who came off the bench and played 34 minutes. He finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and a season-high 6 steals. I don’t know much about Henry’s knee problems, but it doesn’t appear too serious since he was dressed and almost played.
The latest Kings’ shakeup sees Donte Greene completely out of the rotation (he was DNPed last night) and Francisco Garcia (1.31) in as a starter. Garcia got 25 minutes in his first start of the season and made a case for keeping the spot, hitting 4-8 from three and blocking a couple shots. After the game, Paul Westphal said that Garica will remain the starter. He forgot to add the phrase “for this week” which is what I think he meant to say. I really like Garcia as a fantasy player (at his best he’s a rare 1 three, 1 steal and 1 block per game guy), but I really hate Westphal as a coach.
James Harden (1.26) got some extended run at the expense of Thabo Sefolosha (who only played 18 minutes) and finished with 18 points and 3 threes in 34 minutes. Harden is averaging over 15 points a game since Dec 12 and is worth keeping an eye on especially if Russell Westbrook’s injury is more serious than it appears.
Biggest Loser: With Stephen Curry back for the Warriors, Reggie Williams (-1.00) is not only expendable, he’s invisible. In 12 minutes off the bench yesterday, Williams put up a 0/0/0, missing the 2 shots he attempted.
On Tap: The best game of the day sees the LA Lakers (21-9) head to San Antonio (26-4). Pounding the Rock previews this game and calls the matchup between Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan a push. Methinks there is a little home bias in that analysis.
New York (18-12) at Miami (23-9) – Jared Zwerling looks at the Knicks’ performance based on the amount of rest that they get between games. The team isn’t so hot with 1 day of rest, but they are killing it on SEGABABAs. What does it all mean? Nothing! The sample sizes are too small.
Toronto (10-20) at Dallas (24-5) – Dirk Nowitzki left last night’s game in the second quarter with a knee injury. He’ll have an MRI today, but x-rays did not show any damage. Dr. Nowitzki feels that he has a sprain to one of his muscles behind the knee. We’ll have to wait and see how much time he misses (if any), but he should miss tonight’s game at the very least.
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